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35th America’s Cup: Training of Ben Ainslie team in Bermuda

January 30, 2015

Last week saw Ben Ainslie lead his team on to the waters of the America’s Cup race course in Bermuda. The squad was training with two foiling catamarans – the small, light, Nacra 20s – on the Great Sound.

ben Ainslie Racing team training in Bermuda - Photo by Alex Palmer BAR

Ben Ainslie Racing team training in Bermuda - Photo by Alex Palmer/BAR

Ainslie says the training session is important for two reasons – learning about conditions on the race course area of the America’s Cup; and upskilling the sailing team on foiling catamarans.

“Sailing the Nacra 20s here enables us to get some time on the water and get some more feedback to our designers on the conditions out here. It’s a different time of year from when the America’s Cup will be held, but it helps us understand things like wave state and the wind conditions over the island,” Ainslie said.

Ben Ainslie Racing team in Bermuda - Photo by Alex Palmer BAR

Ben Ainslie Racing team in Bermuda - Photo by Alex Palmer/BAR

“It also allows us to up our skill level in the foiling 20 footers. These boats are great because it enables not just the helmsman and trimmer types to get foiling but also the bigger guys who don’t always have this opportunity to get their skill levels up as well.”

Ainslie has raced on the Great Sound before, but it’s been nearly 20 years, during a youth world championship event. He says racing on the tight confines of the race course area will be a challenge for all of the teams.

Training in Bermuda - Photo by Alex Palmer BAR

Training in Bermuda - Photo by Alex Palmer/BAR

“I think it’s going to be a great challenge for all of us because the wind conditions are variable and the tight course means a lot of manoeuvring which should open up the racing,” he said.

“We’re here this week, then we’re back home and testing on the AC45 – which is going to be quite chilly – and that’s a continuing development process. We open our team base in June, which is a big milestone for us, and then we’re looking forward to the America’s Cup World Series starting in Cagliari in June and of course in Portsmouth in July.”

Sanlorenzo Americas partners with Wajer Americas

January 29, 2015

Sanlorenzo Americas has recently teamed up with Wajer Americas as the exclusive distributor of the luxury yacht tenders for the Americas. The flagship launch of Wajer & Wajer Yachts, the striking Wajer Osprey 38 superyacht tender will make its premiere at the Yacht & Brokerage Show, running in the lovely Florida yacht holiday location – Miami next month.

Wajer Osprey 38 yacht tender underway

Wajer Osprey 38 yacht tender underway

Wajer & Wajer Yachts was established in 1992 in the village of Heeg in the northern Dutch province of Friesland. Each yacht commissioned at the yard’s facilities in Heeg is designed according to a single overarching principle: Wajer & Wajer Yachts makes no compromises in terms of materials or quality. This philosophy is paramount to our company and is the quality that attracts the most praise from Wajer & Wajer’s clientele.

Aboard Wajer Osprey 38 yacht tender

Aboard Wajer Osprey 38 yacht tender

The flagship launch is the Wajer Osprey 38 yacht tender. A spacious walk-in aft and a large three- person sundeck forward are two of the many unique features of this striking design. And behind the elegant, streamlined windscreen and striking wooden frame is a contemporary and exceptionally stylish interior.

Sanlorenzo Americas to attend Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show 2015

January 29, 2015

The 27th annual Yacht and Brokerage Show will return to the glamorous Florida yacht charter destination – Miami from February 12 to 16, 2015. Sanlorenzo Americas will once again be in the center of the action on Indian Creek Waterway with a selection of yachts, including motor yacht SL94, luxury yacht SL96 and superyacht SL106. In addition, Sanlorenzo will announce the details of the new 76 and 86 yacht models during the event.

Sanlorenzo SL106 Superyacht

Sanlorenzo SL106 Superyacht

Covering over 1.2 million square feet of space along Collins Avenue, the show draws thousands of people from around the world and features over 500 new and brokerage yachts, as well as marine technology.

Super yacht SL94 by Sanlorenzo has been recently listed for sale.

Technical Specifications of Sanlorenzo SL94 Yacht

Length: 93′ 07″  (28.60m)

Staterooms: 4

Cabin Configuration: Owner, VIP & Two twin staterooms with pullman

Built: 2012

Beam: 22′  (6.75m)

Draft: 6′ 03″ (1.93m)

Cruising Speed: 25 knots

Max Speed: 28 knots

Video introducing new Mangusta 165 E superyacht MOONRAKER

January 28, 2015

The Overmarine Group has released an amazing video introducing the brand new Mangusta 165 E superyacht Moonraker. Designed by Stefano Righini, the 50-metre motor yacht Moonraker was launched as the eighth unit of Maxi Open Mangusta fleet in February 2014. The striking Moonraker will be displayed at the next month’s Miami International Boat Show, running in the beautiful Miami yacht charter location from February 12 to 16, 2015. She will be docked on Collins Avenue, Ramp 24, in front of the Fontainebleau Hotel.

Derecktor – Florida lifts their 100th 2014 vessel – 180′ Feadship motor yacht CALIXE

January 27, 2015

December 12, 2014, in the beautiful Florida yacht charter location, saw the Derecktor Florida lift team handle their one hundredth vessel of the year with an impressive 900-ton Cimolai® mobile boat hoist, successfully hauling and blocking the 180′ Feadship motor yacht Calixe.

180' Feadship superyacht Calixe at Derecktor Florida

180' Feadship superyacht Calixe at Derecktor Florida

This milestone marks a significant increase in business over 2013 when the yard handled a total of 85 vessels. Final total for 2014 was 106, a 25% increase in the number of vessels handled successfully and without incident.

Derecktor Florida enjoyed another successful year, and continues to build their reputation for providing high quality repair and refit services to the world’s mega-yacht community. The company routinely collaborates with partner providers from their Fort Lauderdale vendor base to ensure each vessel receives the highest level of skill and service available, while ensuring overall project management is both efficient and cost-effective.

The average size of vessels visiting the Fort Lauderdale area continues to grow, as does pressure on wet and dry space in available facilities. Derecktor participates with their neighbors and local marine industry professionals to offer services allowing customer vessels to make their best use of time available, both in and out of the water.

Derecktor – Florida starts working on refit and re-powering of 168’ Oceanco motor yacht LAZY Z

January 27, 2015

Derecktor – Florida has started working on the refit and re-powering of the 168′ Oceanco charter yacht Lazy Z. Work on the luxury motor yacht Lady Z is scheduled for completion in May 2015.

Motor yacht LAZY Z - Main

Motor yacht LAZY Z - Main

The successful charter yacht Lady Z is to undergo a significant cosmetic and mechanical refit in addition to the replacement of the existing engines with MTU 16V2000′s. In addition to a full exterior paint by Chi, teak decking upgrades by Sterling and modifications to the Sundeck by Transform, the interior salon areas and stair well are to be re-configured.

Derecktor won the Lady Z yacht project after successfully completing a mast refit in the fall, and will be responsible for the mechanical refit in addition to the engine change. The installation of new main engine exhausts by de Angelo, air conditioning system by Cuge and a new black water system by Headhunter are also part of the work scope. These upgrades are certain to enhance the vessel’s already impressive appeal as a charter yacht.

Overmarine to attend Miami Boat Show 2015 with motor yacht MOONRAKER on display

January 27, 2015

The Overmarine Group will be present at the 2015 Miami Boat Show, running in the lovely Miami yacht charter location from February 12 to 16. During the event, the company will showcase the 50-metre motor yacht Moonraker. Luxury superyacht Moonraker will be docked on Collins Avenue, Ramp 24.

Mangusta 165E super yacht Moonraker

Mangusta 165E super yacht Moonraker

Launched in February 2014, luxury yacht Moonraker represents the eighth unit of Maxi Open Mangusta fleet. Called 165 E, where ‘E’ stands for “Evolution”, she made her world debut at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show.

Moonraker superyacht - Exterior

Moonraker superyacht - Exterior

Superbly penned by Stefano Righini, the 50-metre Mangusta 165 E super yacht Moonraker boasts a distinctive, elegant and timeless design, conveying balance and dynamism, and at the same time, offering extremely high levels of onboard comfort, safety, as well as practicality.

Mangusta 165E Yacht Moonraker - Interior

Mangusta 165E Yacht Moonraker - Interior

Below is a selection of the beautiful charter yachts built by Overmarine.

Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show 2015 to feature newest innovations, big boat debuts and marine technologies

January 27, 2015

Thousands of companies are getting ready to present the recreational boating industry’s newest innovations next month as over 100,000 boating enthusiasts from all over the world gather in the glamorous Miami yacht charter location for one of the world’s largest boating events. The annual Progressive® Insurance Miami International Boat Show®, set to run from February 12 to 16, 2015, spans three locations and will feature one-of-a-kind boat debuts, the latest marine gadgets, as well as accessories galore.


Whether a buyer or dreamer, the 2015 Miami Boat Show is THE place to discover the best in boating. This year’s “best in show” features everything from the largest sailing yacht to ever visit the show and a hybrid GPS device, to the debut of the world’s largest center console fishing boat, a “green” yacht powered by natural gas, and an inflatable stand up paddleboard:

-          The unveiling of the world’s largest center console – HydraSports Custom 53’ Sueños.

-          Superyacht TOTO – a 110′ Palmer Johnson Sailing Yacht, one of the largest sailing yachts to ever be displayed at the boat show (docked at Strictly Sail at Miamarina at Bayside).

-          With the increasing popularity of stand up paddle boarding (SUP), Rynkel Inc. will debut the inflatable AIRHEAD Super Stable Standup Paddleboard, ideal for beginners, intermediates and larger riders.

-          The newest Garmin – navigate from land to sea on one device. In marine mode, the GPSMAP 640 provides tides and currents, depth contours, port plans, marine services and points of interest, while in automotive mode, the GPSMAP 640 announces street names with spoken turn-by-turn directions pulled from the preloaded City Navigator NT road maps for North America.

-          Record 97 new boating products honored for innovation – Show-goers can get a first glimpse at some of the industry’s best new products, recognized through the boat show’s Innovation Awards, which honor manufacturers and suppliers who bring new products to market. This year’s program received the highest amount of entries on record.

-          The new Accessory Pavilion, located outside the Miami Beach Convention Center, will showcase thousands of the latest boating gadgets and gear, plus engines and electronics from more than 85 companies.

-          Get green by learning more about sustainable, eco-friendly options such as the Intrepid 327 Center Console – the first hybrid yacht powered by natural gas.

-          Major announcements from companies including Volvo Penta of the Americas and Yamaha, among others.


Miami Beach Convention Center

1901 Convention Center Drive

Miami Beach, FL 33139

* Show hours vary

The Yacht & Power Boat Show at Sea Isle Marina (no ticket required for this location)

1635 N. Bayshore Drive

Miami, FL 33132

Open from 9 am – 6 pm daily

Strictly Sail Miami at Miamarina at Bayside

400 Biscayne Blvd

Miami, FL  33132

Open from 10 am – 6 pm daily


Premier Day (February 12): $35

Adults (16 and older): $20

Five-day adult pass (Good all five days of the show): $85

Two-day adult pass (valid Feb. 12-16): $35

Youth 15 and under get in free (must be accompanied by an adult).

One ticket is good for all sites (includes free access to shuttle bus and water taxi).

New Ribjet 10 yacht tender unveiled by Ribjet U.S.A.

January 26, 2015

Ribjet U.S.A. of Green Bay, Wisconsin, has unveiled its 2015 production plans for the Ribjet 10 yacht tender, its first in a new series of inflatable jet tenders for the yacht garage as well as swim platform market. The new Ribjet 10 will be offered with a custom tuned 70hp Rotax four stroke jet drive package and conform to the dimensions needed for tender garage storage by most major yacht builders.

First Ribjet 10 yacht tender by Ribjet USA in production

First Ribjet 10 yacht tender by Ribjet USA in production

Jarrett Bryzek, President of Ribjet U.S.A. says: “In addition to being the only jet propulsion specific yacht tender manufacturer in the U.S. each of our jet yacht tenders are built one at a time. We utilize an easy to service Rotax power plant and highly limit the number of vessels produced each year. This guarantees every tender that leaves our factory is thoroughly checked, tested, tuned and ready to hit the water as soon as the new owners take delivery.”

Bryzek went on to say, “At this time Ribjet U.S.A only sells and ships factory direct to the end users. We will have several product representatives and service centers in key locations throughout the U.S. to help with sales and warranty service closer to our clients. This direct sales approach gives us one on one contact with our customers all while cutting overhead that in turn we can reflect in our retail pricing. The Ribjet 10 presents the best value jet yacht tender on the market at only $29,900. The Ribjet 10 is undergoing sea trials now and will available to the public in March.”

Ribjet U.S.A. has future plans to expand the Ribjet series into other size ranges from 9-14’.

Newport Charter Yacht Show 2015, June 22 – 25

January 23, 2015

Organizers of the Newport Charter Yacht Show have announced the dates of this year’s event, running in Newport, Rhode Island from June 22 to 25. The Show represents the only one of its kind in the USA, enabling industry professionals as well as discriminating consumers – attending with brokers – to dive into the world of luxury yacht chartering.

2014 Newport Charter Yacht Show - Photo credit to Billy Black

2014 Newport Charter Yacht Show - Photo credit to Billy Black

For four days, show attendees tour a collection of world-class yachts – ranging in size from 80 feet up to the superyacht length of 150 to 225+ feet – dockside at the Newport Yachting Center while enjoying a variety of events, including industry-focused educational seminars, lively crew competitions and a festive “Yacht Hop” social, where captains and crew entertain their special guests onboard the participating yachts.

Luxury superyachts on display at the 2014 Newport Charter Yacht Show - Photo by Billy Black

Luxury superyachts on display at the 2014 Newport Charter Yacht Show - Photo by Billy Black

Newport Charter Yacht Show

When: June 22-25, 2015

Where: Newport, Rhode Island